Gene Luen Yang on LEVEL UP: Career or video games?

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Gene Luen Yang’s new book, LEVEL UP, covers some territory that may be familiar to many people — a young man whose parents want him to make something of himself, while he just wants to play video games. Drawn by Thien Pham, it’s Yang’s latest exploration of growth and personal identity, especially as it relates to Asian Americans. But the book isn’t just about video game addiction. At
Wired’s GeekDad, he explains where the book is really coming from in his own experience.

Free Comic Book Day 2011 by the numbers: $1.5 million in publicity

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Free Comic Book Day founder Joe Field looks back on this year’s event (no permalinks) with some numbers:

Product alert: Green Lantern thumb drives

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Have you always wanted a Green Lantern themed-thumb drive?

Probably.

Bid on a giant piece of Molly Crabapple art!

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It’s to benefit the CBLDF — a giant piece of art created by Molly Crabapple at Stumptown. Measuring 8 feet by 7 feet, you need a giant home to display it properly, but it will be a nice conversation starter:

Tokyo government reveals restricted manga titles featuring icky stuff

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Toyko prefecture’s law restricting sales of material deemed “harmful” to minors under the age of 18 has selected its first list of titles to be considered for the ban, Anime News Network reports.

The law, which has been revised a few times and goes into effect July 1, has been met with an outcry from publishers and creators.

TINTIN: First trailer and new posters take us for a ride in the Uncanny Valley

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TINTIN is coming this Christmas! Did you remember? The Steven Spielberg-directed, Peter Jackson-produced film — shrouded in veils of mystery for the most part — has just released its first trailer, and from the looks of it, it’s fitting right into the Holiday Uncanny Valley Mocap Vacation slot that Robert Zemeckis was dragged from kicking and screaming.

My Comic Shop DocumentARy unspools

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Filmmaker Anthony Desiato became so fascinated by the social scene at the local comic shop that he decided to make a documentary about it. “My Comic Shop DocumentARy” (SIC) explores Alternate Realities Comics in Scarsdale, NY and its owner, Steve Oto.

Borders circling the drain? — UPDATE

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With no buyer found, creditors unwilling to float more cash, and a $24.3 million loss posted in March, Borders is struggling to find a way out of its troubles, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press, which quotes numerous shadowy insiders. No one has stepped forward to buy the chain outright.

News and notes from the mainstream: DMZ, Vengeance, etc.

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Behind the scenes at FLASHPOINT and Marvel, among other things.